Well the first few days of the camp were a great start but I’ve had to take a few days off unfortunately. I stretched the tendons underneath my knee caps landing awkwardly a few runs on a jump in our course two days ago. I am the champ at recoveries though! Ha apparently… I haven’t actually fallen and seem to get myself out of potentially disastrous crashes, causing me to not damage my body any further… That’s positive, right?
I have picked up two major differences thus far in the few days of the legitimate SX training I now have under my belt…
Speed checking is a GOOD skill to have and know when to use! I would be disowned if I had ever speed checked in my alpine days, i would have been laughed at, really… It is highly dangerous to bust out a “pizza” going 100k + right before a jump with 210 centimeter lenth skis, among many other reasons. In SX though sometimes the jumps are just simply too big to hit without a little pivot or wedge in there, prior to take off… Course makers ideally do not want to see athletes speed checking but with the variables that come with this sport on any given day such as a change in snow temperature and wind, speed checking is hard to avoid.
So! I have learned that… And quickly. The second general aspect I’ve noticed which I know will be a big part of my on going learning experience this year is the fact each athlete, men and woman, has a much longer time to get to know each course before they have to put the pedal to the medal, get serious and race. Athletes can inspect and run the course over and over before qualifying runs take place. This means that I do not need to give 110% the first time I ski the track. Compared to an inspection and race like in Alpine, this is a huge difference I will become more familiar with as the season goes on.
I haven’t event touched base on the other aspects of SX that I am not very familiar with liked the start, racing with others right beside me, bumping shoulders and getting pushed around while going 60k, being in the air as many as 10 times on one course, the different features I will encounter such as kickers, trannies, woo tangs… I know what youre thinking, “what ARE those even?” This is a learning year for all 🙂
To concur, I have a lot to learn. It sounds overwhelming but I’m ready to take it all on. I could not be more excited about the upcoming latter fall training camps and the start of the season!
I should be able to mess around up there tomorrow morning even if its free skiing, working on the technical side of things. I’m excited to get back on my skis again. I miss them.
Well folks…. That is a wrap! Enjoy yourselves and stay classy.
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